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Candied Bacon Cashews

  • TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN Plus Cooling
  • SERVINGS: Makes about 5 cups

To make these cashews extra-indulgent, Colin Lynch stirs in crispy bits of bacon and a little rendered bacon fat, too.

  1. 1/4 pound slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 4 cups raw cashews (1 1/4 pounds)
  4. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  5. Smoked sea salt (see Note)
  1. In a small skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until browned, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. Measure out 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat and reserve.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the cashews and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in the butter and the reserved 1 tablespoon of bacon fat and cook over low heat, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the diced bacon and season with smoked salt. Let cool completely, then serve.
Notes Smoked sea salt is available at specialty food stores and from surlatable.com.